Test Connection With HDInsight

I have a post trying to test a connection using HDInsight:

WebHCat is a web-based REST API for HCatalog, a management layer for dealing with files in HDFS.  If you’re looking for configuration settings for WebHCat, you’ll want generally to look for “templeton” in config files, as Templeton was the project name before WebHCat.  In Ambari, you can go to the Hive configs and look at webhcat-site.xml for configuration settings.  For WebHCat, the default port in HDInsight is 30111, which you should find in the templeton.port configuration setting.

I don’t like the fact that WebHDFS is blocked, but at least WebHCat is functional.

Computing Holidays

Kevin Feasel

2016-11-07

T-SQL

Gerald Britton has a few ways of calculating holidays for date dimensions:

Notice also that I use CROSS APPLY as an expression evaluator.  This keeps the code a little DRY-er.  In OOP-speak, I’ve encapsulated what varies.

Now that I’ve got a basic date table, let’s see about updating those holiday columns.   I’ll do it with an UPDATE command here, though it is possible to make them computed also — it just gets a little messy since there are so many different holidays with different calculations.  Let’s start with Thanksgiving.  In Canada, Thanksgiving Day is the second Monday in October.  In the US, it’s the fourth Thursday in November.  I’ve seen some interesting approaches to solving the problem.  One (for US Thanksgiving) looks like this:

I like the Easter formula.  Click through for details.

Run And RunOnce Registry Key Limits

Denny Cherry runs into a limit in the Run and RunOnce registry value lengths:

Microsoft has had the registry keys for Run and RunOnce in the registry since the registry was introduced in Windows 95 and Windows NT 4.  But in the 20+ years that those keys have been there (and I’ve used them for a variety of things) I’ve never known that there was a limit on the length of the commands that you could put into those keys.

I found this while working on a client project when I needed to kick off some powershell automatically when the server restarted to get it added to the domain, as well as do a few other things.  But for some reason the key just wasn’t running.

The limit does seem a bit short, though at least it’s one longer than the max length of a file path.

Concatenation Using CONCAT

Neil Gelder has a look at the CONCAT() function in SQL Server 2012:

This function removes all need to convert values just to concatenate text and string values together, but for some reason whenever I see code posted on various websites, even from SQL Server MVP’s they seem never to utilise this function.

One excellent use for this is when you attempting to created the SQL Statement for a dynamic SQL execution.  Instead of the usual conversions and + signs joining the text and parameters together its far simpler.

CONCAT is one of my favorite T-SQL enhancements from 2012 (after window functions).

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